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Are Dual-Branded Hotel Properties Becoming More Popular?

Ground was broken in March on 14 Street in midtown Atlanta for a new building costing $70 million which will house both AC Hotel by Marriott and Moxy hotel — two of the 30 lodging brands of Marriott International, Incorporated.

It is expected to open during 2018; and the two hotels — AC Hotel by Marriott will be comprised of 133 rooms; while Moxy hotel will accommodate guests in 155 rooms — will share a deck-top amenity space that includes a rooftop pool and bar.

Two brands of the same lodging company may not be so unusual; but two brands of different lodging companies might seem quirky. Consider the project announced in August of 2015 in which…

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Shopping Option Eliminated Without Notice to Earn Marriott Rewards Points

ShopMyWay is an Internet shopping portal which offered a way to earn Marriott Rewards points by shopping for items which you would purchase anyway at many retailers. Weeks would elapse until points were credited to a Marriott Rewards account; but it was an inexpensive way to keep Marriott Rewards points from expiring ever since a new expiration policy for Marriott Rewards points was announced back in August of 2015 and became effective as of Monday, February 1, 2016.

Prior to that expiration policy becoming effective, Marriott Rewards points generally did not expire.

“While it is entirely possible (likely even) that I missed any communications, I don’t recall ever receiving notice of this service ending”, according to…

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Check Your Hotel Reservations — The Cancellation Policy May Have Changed

“My upcoming reservation in DC went from one day cancellation when it was booked to now showing two day cancellation.”

This observation posted by FlyerTalk member Tanic is only one of a number of acknowledgements by members of FlyerTalk that the cancellation policies of a number of hotel and resort properties of Marriott International, Incorporated have quietly changed from canceling a hotel reservation 24 hours prior to checking in without paying a penalty to a minimum of 48 hours — and with no advance notice or announcement — in certain locations.

A collaborative effort by FlyerTalk members to pool information revealed that the minimum cancellation policies without penalties prior to check in seem to be the following — albeit most likely a loose and incomplete list…

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New Features in Mobile Technology Functionality With Marriott

The race continues in the competition as to which lodging company has the best portable technology for its guests; and Marriott International, Incorporated upped the ante with the launch of its newly redesigned mobile application software program — giving members of the Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program a more dynamic yet personalized mobile experience — on…

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Starwood and Marriott Offer Similar Promotions For the First Quarter of 2017

The Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty programs offer similar promotions for the first quarter of 2017 simultaneously for the first time — especially since their parent companies merged and now allow members to freely transfer points between programs.

Earn double bonus points with both promotions on your first three eligible stays of at least one night at participating hotel or resort properties almost anywhere in the world between Monday, January 16, 2017 and Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Additionally, you will also receive an extra customized bonus targeted specifically for you to earn even more points.

The only exceptions which are not eligible for credit and do not qualify for promotional earnings are…

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How To Download Free Christmas Music — or Choose From Thousands of Other Songs — Legally

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed, Christmas is now on the minds of many people — and some of those old standards are starting to be played all over the world: White Christmas by Bing Crosby and Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley, to name only a couple of many.

You can download these songs for free — legally — as well as others, if you want. What’s that? You do not like Christmas music? No problem. You can download from your choice of dozens of Chanukah songs…

…or you can choose from literally thousands of other songs by artists such as…

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